Genome Rearrangements in Maize Induced by Alternative Transposition of Reversed Ac/Ds Termini

Chuanhe Yu, Jianbo Zhang, Thomas Peterson

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Alternative transposition can induce genome rearrangements, including deletions, inverted duplications, inversions, and translocations. To investigate the types and frequency of the rearrangements elicited by a pair of reversed Ac/Ds termini, we isolated and analyzed 100 new mutant alleles derived from two parental alleles that both contain an intact Ac and a fractured Ac (fAc) structure at the maize p1 locus. Mutants were characterized by PCR and sequencing; the results show that nearly 90% (89/100) of the mutant alleles represent structural rearrangements including deletions, inversions, translocations, or rearrangement of the intertransposon sequence (ITS). Among 37 deletions obtained, 20 extend into the external flanking sequences, while 17 delete portions of the intertransposon sequence. Interestingly, one deletion allele that contains only a single nucleotide between the retained Ac and fAc termini is not competent for further alternative transposition events. We propose a new model for the formation of intertransposon deletions through insertion of reversed transposon termini into sister-chromatid sequences. These results document the types and frequencies of genome rearrangements induced by alternative transposition of reversed Ac/Ds termini in maize.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)59-67
Number of pages9
Issue number1
StatePublished - May 2011
Externally publishedYes


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